Trail culture

On the PCT’s 54th year as a National Scenic Trail

Fifty-four years ago this week, in October of 1968, the National Trails System Act was passed—and granted National Scenic Trail status to the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s worthwhile to remember the efforts of so many people who made the PCT possible. Below, we’re publishing the introduction ... Read more

Timothy Olson’s FKT was about more than breaking a record

Editor’s Note: The PCTA does not maintain records, manage, nor monitor Fastest Known Times on the Pacific Crest Trail. That information is the responsibility of Fastest Known Time, LLC. We neither encourage nor discourage efforts like these, and believe in celebrating the PCT as a place of accomplishment for everyone, ... Read more

A close call with the McKinney Fire

On Friday, July 29th, thru-hiker Jen “Gets-there” Olson was hiking through Northern California on the PCT when the group of twelve hikers she was with camped for the evening about eleven miles northeast of Seiad Valley. “I knew that fire season was upon us at this point and that ... Read more

Footprints for Change

My time on the PCT in 2021 shifted my perspective about my Footprints for Change mission. A beautiful aspect of Footprints for Change is that change is ever-evolving—like Nature and like myself.

Yes, I still believe we need more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) representation outdoors, and I ... Read more